MILAN — Italian label Aspesi has tapped Simona Clemenza as its new chief executive officer. She succeeds Fabio Gnocchi who stepped down in June, leaving the post vacant.
“Following a long search process, we are very happy to have found such a high-end profile. We are sure that Simona will be able to bring tangible results and the international visibility that Aspesi deserves,” said Francesco Chiappetta, president of the Aspesi board, representing private equity fund Armònia SGR.
The Italian fund acquired a majority stake in Aspesi in 2017 through the Armònia Italy vehicle.
The seasoned executive has held several roles at major international fashion brands, including Gianfranco Ferré, Kenzo, Karl Largerfeld and Krizia. Between 2012 and 2017 she served as vice president of global sales and licensing at Karl Lagerfeld before heading to Krizia where she held the ceo role.
Since 2014, Clemenza has also been a strategic consultant at the U.N. supporting the growth of a range of companies in the culture and creativity industries.
Aspesi was founded by fashion entrepreneur Alberto Aspesi in 1969. Several prestigious designers, including Walter Albini, Franco Moschino and most recently Lawrence Steel, helped the brand establish an aesthetic of high-quality, wearable pieces with a refined color sensibility and minimal chic design.
The label currently operates 10 flagships, including a Milan unit located on central Via San Pietro All’Orto, which was unveiled last January, in addition to around 600 retailers globally.